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PANORAMA HEIGHTS (NORTH TUSTIN) PETITION TO TRANSFER FROM OUSD TO TUSD COUNTY COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL D I S T R I C T O R G A N I Z AT I O N M E E T I N G M AY 1 7 , 2 0 1 6 PANORAMA HEIGHTS (NORTH TUSTIN) SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSFER COMMITTEE Chief Petitioners: Marlene Graham, Ed.D. Jennifer Lampman Catherine Mayberry Goal - Unification of North Tustin Community: Align social, emotional, and educational experiences with neighborhood activities Following suit after another North Tustin area, Rocking Horse Ridge IIs successful petition approval to transfer territory from the OUSD to the TUSD in 2012. Another prior North Tustin Orange Island territory transfer in 2002. Freedom and the parental rights of the North Tustin community wanting to align our children to schools based

NORTH TUSTIN MAP Support a Unified North Tustin Identity NORTH TUSTIN COMMUNITY PROFILE 11,000 Homes in community, 25,000 Residents 4,600 acres unincorporated area, bordered by the city of Tustin on the west, south, and east, and by the city of Orange on the north. Government Services provided by Orange County Sheriff, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), East Orange County Water District (EOCWD) and County of Orange U.S. Government census-designated place: the distinct unincorporated communities of Cowan Heights, East Tustin, Lemon Heights, North Tustin, Panorama Heights, and Red Hill. Mailing address and Google maps also identify neighborhood as North Tustin Entire neighborhood is situated within the boundaries covered by the North Tustin Advisory Council and the Foothill Community Association, the local political advisory groups that protect the rights and interests of North Tustin residents Arroyo Elementary Schoo

Tustin Girl Scouts Gym NORTH TUSTIN North Tustin Political Action Committee Tusti Grace Harbor n Church Tenni Tustin AYSO Newport Avenue ewes Middle School Unincorporated Foothill Footh communities of

ill Cowan Heights, Community East Tustin, Lemon St. Paul's EpiscopalHigh Association Heights, North Church and Preschool Schoo Tustin, Panorama Trinity United Presbyterian Church l Heights, and Red Tustin Hill Little Wildfire s Gymnastics Foothill Preschool Tustin Pony League North Tustin Community aligns with Tustin Tustin Boy Scouts

PANORAMA HEIGHTS (NORTH TUSTIN) COMMUNITY PROFILE Many children have tried or already attend TUSD schools as OUSD allows inter-district transfers to TUSD upon request. Note though that inter-district transfer permits are granted year-to-year on a space available basis only Most Panorama Heights students who do utilize Panorama Elementary School, then go on to either Private Schools or transfer outside of OUSD The primary sports, community, service, social, and faith organizations in which families of North Tustin participate and coach in are based in Tustin Many children attend preschools in Tustin, that matriculate into Tustin Elementary Schools The majority of residents support the Tustin community through sales tax by shopping primarily in Tustin stores Educational & Social alignment City of OUSD TRUSTEE AREA MAP Rocking Horse Ridge II Petition Area Panorama Heights Petition Area

PETITION NEIGHBORHOOD Petition and surrounding neighborhoods lie in closer proximity to TUSD schools than those in OUSD, and closer than several neighborhoods in TUSD boundary Map below shows Panorama Heights, Lower Panorama #1 and Lower Panorama #2 Other Half of Panorama Heights in TUSD PETITION NEIGHBORHOOD Petition and surrounding neighborhoods primary, including single roads all lead through TUSD schools. School district lines should be aligned with natural demarcation of North Tustin boundaries Topography is a hill, clear boundary with City of Orange

Single road into Panorama Heights leads into TUSD Other Half of Panorama Heights in TUSD PETITION TIMELINE Original petition was submitted in October 2015 including signatures from all of the other half of Panorama Heights, with overwhelming support from all neighbors Second petition was submitted February, 2016, vetted and deemed sufficient by OC Department of Education Adjacent neighborhoods of Lower Panorama #1 and Lower Panorama #2 were omitted from this petition, but are recommended to be considered to create a unified North Tustin April 1, 2016: OUSD mailed out letters to parents of OUSD students regarding petition impact RESULT = 0 Parents opposed to transfer responded Goal One school district for North Tustin PETITION COMPARISON Rocking Horse Ridge

II Panorama Heights 43 Students in OUSD 54 Students in OUSD of Rocking Horse Ridge in TUSD of Panorama Heights in TUSD North Tustin Community zip code, social ties North Tustin Community- zip code, social ties Fiscally, the loss of students will be marginal OUSD response Fiscally, the loss of students will be marginal.

One Difference Panorama Heights is closer to TUSD Schools CRITERIA TO CHANGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS PER EDUCATION CODE No Criteria . Petition Purpose 1 The reorganized districts will meet the adequate enrollment condition Panorama Heights represents less than 0.018% of OUSD enrollment 2 The school districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity

Panorama Heights residents identify with the North Tustin/Tustin community through sports, community groups, faith institutions, and commerce 3 The transfer of territory will result in The transfer of the small percentage of students an equitable division of property and that currently attend OUSD schools will not require facilities of the original districts any division of property and facilities within the district 4 The transfer of territory will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation is substantially met The current Panorama Heights students represent 0.018% of the OUSD current enrollment. Statistically, these numbers are insignificant, and will have no effect on demographic composition of either school district

CRITERIA TO CHANGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS PER EDUCATION CODE No Criteria . Petition Purpose 5 The transfer of territory will not result in any substantial increase in costs to the state The unification of Panorama Heights into the rest of North Tustin community school boundaries will have no costs to the state 6 The transfer of territory will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the school districts and the school districts affected by the transfer of territory will continue sound educational

performance is substantially met The current Panorama Heights students represent 0.018% of the OUSD current enrollment. Statistically, these numbers are insignificant, and will have no effect on educational programs of either school district 7 The transfer of territory will not result in a significant increase in school facilities costs The transfer will require no new facilities costs 8 The transfer of territory is not primarily designed to result in a significant increase in property values The purpose of the transfer is to unify the North Tustin neighborhood, such that Panorama Heights

children go to the same schools as their community of influence 9 The transfer of territory will not negatively affect the fiscal management or fiscal status of either school district affected by the transfer of territory The current Panorama Heights students represent 0.018% of the OUSD current enrollment. Statistically, these numbers are insignificant, and will have no effect on fiscal status of either school district PURPOSE OF PETITION What the Petition is NOT about: Isolate any part of our North Tustin community Political or economic agenda

Unsubstantiated and unrelated cobbling of issues OUSD is attempting to utilize their commissioned real estate appraisal for their bond marketing campaign for use on this petition. The appraisal has a stated purpose to ascertain property values with stated limitations: it may not be used for other than its intended use What the Petition IS about: Freedom and the parental rights of the North Tustin community wanting to organize our schools based on community identity Unite the other half of Panorama Heights to the rest of Panorama Heights and with North Tustin as a whole Unification of North Tustin community

CONCLUSION The arbitrary OUSD and TUSD school districts boundary lines are causing a divide of the 2 halves of Panorama Heights in North Tustin Families in the Panorama Heights neighborhood, including Lower Panorama #1and #2, identify with and are considered North Tustin by the Postal Service, OCFA, NTAC, OC Sheriffs and all other service providers Petition would align residents of Panorama Heights with their community of influence and keep students with their peers, provide stability without reliance on space availability, and allow students to attend schools geographically closer than those in OUSD Substantially meet criteria for transfer

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